Striking Gold! IISE RELEASES 2012 TOP 10 NEW SPECIES
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Every year, the Top 10 list highlights species exploration, biodiversity and the science of taxonomy. This year’s picks for the Top 10 New Species represent species treasures from around the globe – from the deepest gold mines in Africa to the mountain heights of the Himalayas. The unranked list includes species with creative names and from ancient times as well as species that are sure to become icons for conservation. The 2012 Top 10 New Species were selected from the hundreds of nominations we received but are only a tiny fraction of the 18,000+ species that were officially described in 2011.
IISE RELEASES LATEST SOS REPORTS
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State Of Observed Species 2011
The annual award was presented this year in New York City to two prominent scientists. Click here to see who was honored.
Species in the News
In an effort to increase awareness of biological diversity and species at risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched 'Amazing Species'. Click on the image below to learn more about the species highlighted today and come back tomorrow to see what's next.
- National Geographic
IISE Welcomes New Partner: Italian Carnivorous Plants Association
As an institute that supports the advancement of species discovery and is committed to promoting greater understanding of biodiversity around the world, the IISE is pleased to announce our newest partnership with AIPC – the Italian Carnivorous Plants Association. Founded in the late 1990s, the purpose of the AIPC is to "promote, to divulge and to spread the study, the knowledge and the growing techniques of the carnivorous plants." For more information about the AIPC and their work, please visit their website at http://www.aipcnet.it/aipcjoomla/index.php (in Italian), enjoy their fabulous photos, and read about Cerbaie's Project (in English) – the AIPC's collaborative effort with several Italian agencies to preserve Drosera rotundifolia var. corsica.
Also, please check out one of the IISE's 2010 Top 10 New Species, the carnivorous plant Attenborough's Pitcher (Nepenthes attenboroughii).
Taxonomy in Action
Bionet is committed to promoting the importance of taxonomy. It has release the initial compilation of case studies under its ‘Taxonomy in Action’ campaign, which can be viewed here. A Powerpoint presentation is also available for download featuring a subset of these case studies. This is an ongoing endeavor and taxonomists are encouraged to contribute images and details about species for inclusion.
Big Bugs Life-Size
Click here to order this book which showcases some of the world's biggest bugs in real life color and in actual size.